Stuttgart, Germany – Daimler Trucks has announced it will expand the production capacity of trucks, buses and components in the Mercedes-Benz plant in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Investment is expected to be the equivalent of €600 million over the next three years.
The plant is currently running at nearly full capacity, with further growth possible only through the elimination of production bottlenecks or by expanding manufacturing operations. The measure aims to address the high demand for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in Brazil and export markets; the plant’s daily production will be increased by 25 per cent. The plant, which has been in operation since 1956, currently employs more than 12,000 people.
The company also plans to optimize production flexibility for better reaction to market fluctuations in the future, and to increase the local content rate in the products, modernize production processes, and improve the logistics systems.
Mercedes-Benz is the sales leader in the Brazilian trucket market, with 31 per cent market share for the first seven months of 2008, and leader in the bus market, where it held 50 per cent market share during the same period. It is also the largest exporter of commercial vehicles in Latin America, with its products sold in more than 50 countries, including Argentina, Chile, Peru, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Jordan.